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Anachronauts: The First Age Paperback – July 8, 2010
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About the Author
A general creative muck-a-bout, Stefan is an professional independent game developer, a web designer, and apparently also an author and sometimes supposedly makes music or other forms of art depending on your relative cultural definition thereof. He lives on the Internet and generally is an okay guy.
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Stefan Gagne, web-fiction writer extraordinaire and all-around decent guy, knows how to take the outlines of all the clichés used in stories and form them into incredibly detailed settings and characters that you grow to care about. The story manages to swing from the astonishingly dark to the absurdly humorous to the heart-rending without losing its balance, and never without meaning.
This book also succeeds as an introduction to the world of Anachronauts, which is important when establishing a saga; the world-building is detailed but well integrated into the narrative, and it never detracts from the story at hand. Details and events in this book are referred to and expanded upon in later installments, and it never ceases being both part of a larger picture and being an intimate inspection of the main characters.
The book, save for its bonus chapter, is available for free on-line; while the bonus chapter isn't ultimately necessary to enjoy the story, it provides an enticing bonus by examining some of the precursor events that led to the world as it is in the book. One additional minor change of note is the reformatting of the "spells" to something more legible in Kindle format, which I personally prefer. It's missing both markers and page breaks between chapters, but it does have a Table of Contents at the beginning. While you're not obliged to pay money to read this book, take your time and decide for yourself as to whether or not the story is worth your hard-earned coin; I think you'll find it is.